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Stuart Crafton winnerPEMBROKESHIRE-based international writing competition, Pint-sized Plays is getting ready for this year’s round of performances in pubs. The competition, now in its sixth year, attracted over 250 entries from all over the world and this year’s winners include entries from the USA, New Zealand and Wales.
It is hoped that the six winners and four runners up will all be performed in Tenby pubs starting Tenby Arts Festival week. All plays are around 10 minutes long and three will be performed in each pub – some are poignant, some plain funny, some downright hilarious – but all worth catching and they’re free to watch.
Performances this year are: Monday, September 23 in Tenby – 7.30 pm: Normandie, Upper Frog Street; 8.30 pm: Hope & Anchor, St Julian Street; 9.30 pm: The Crown, Lower Frog Street.; Tuesday, September 24 – Tenby: 7.00 pm: The Galloping Major, New Hedges;?8.30 pm: 5 Arches, St George Street;?9.30 pm: The Buccaneer, St Julian Street.
There are then two additional performances in Haverfordwest on Thursday October 3 at 8pm in The Mariners Hotel, Mariners Square and 9pm: The Bristol Trader, Quay Street.
All the winners and runners up will compete for the Pint-sized ‘Pint-Pot’ trophy on September 28 at 4U@TheatrGwaun in Fishguard. This is the show where the audience get to vote for their favourite script and is always great fun.
Competing this year for the coveted Pint-Pot award are: Brought To Book by Lou Treleaven from Luton – in a play where books are a banned substance; ?Eternity by Elan David Garonzik from New York – a play set at the Pearly Gates;?Forever True by Neil Walden?from Caerphilly – a play on the nature of truth and the Finnish national anthem; Icebergs by Camilla Valerie Whitehill (London) – a play about lettuces and more besides; ?Lifetime by Angie Farrow from New Zealand – a lifetime played out in ten minutes; ?and Roadkill by Clare Reddaway (Bath) with two would-be Native Americans.
Adding to these competition winners will be the following runners up: Auto-Incorrect by Bridgette Portman (California); ?Dogs And Cats Living Together by Lynn-Steven Johanson?(Illinois); Knight Intruder by Dorothy Lambert (Dorset); and The Intricate Workings Of A Sherbet Lemon by Stuart Lee from Oxford.
Pint-sized Plays organiser, Derek Webb, says of this year’s competition: “Each year we seem to attract a wider range of themes, and this year’s crop is more diverse than ever. I am also proud that our home-grown competition has now become internationally respected, reflected in the geographical spread of our entrants.”
At the Script Slam, winners and runners up are on equal terms, and the overall winner of the best script award is decided by the audience. Last year there were no less than seven of the writers present, including Stuart Crafton who actually came all the way from the USA – but his effort was rewarded, because he walked away with the best script award. Prizes are also awarded for best performance by Peter Richards, Artistic Director of Fluellen Theatre Company.
The Pint-sized Plays 2013 Script Slam starts at 7.30pm and tickets (£5.50) can be booked on pintsizedplays.org.uk.
And, this year, there is an additional show after the Script Slam – Pint-sized World at Small World Theatre in Cardigan will showcase a selection of this year’s winners together with some from previous years as a complete performance of up to 12 plays. Small World Theatre with its unique round auditorium will have tables and seating cabaret style, with bar, combining pub atmosphere with theatre. Tickets at £6.50 can be booked on whatevertheweatherwales.co.uk.

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Ceredigion Museum’s digital storytelling celebrates LGBTQ+ history month

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February marks LGBTQ+ History month and Ceredigion Museum has been working with local organisation Aberration to unveil and record fascinating and untold stories of Aberystwyth.

These stories form part of the museum’s ‘It Happened in Aber’ project, which will allow people to listen to the untold stories that have shaped Aberystwyth.

This project was made possible thanks to the ’15-minute heritage’ funding, a partnership between The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

Carrie Canham, museum curator, said: “For too long the LGBTQ+ community has been marginalised, or even completely concealed, in history. Ceredigion Museum is keen to share the stories that have lurked in the shadows, to celebrate the diversity and rich LGBTQ+ heritage of Aberystwyth with pride.”

The LGBTQ+ stories researched and recorded with by Jane Hoy, of Aberration, include historic and modern-day characters from the town, including famous academics, poets, mariners, dancers and a spy!

“We are delighted to be working so closely with Ceredigion Museum contributing to ‘queering up’ the museum with lively local stories and events,” Jane.

Aberystwyth has certainly played its part in developing the LGBTQ+ community in West Wales and Sarah and Rosie, founders of Aberystwyth’s ‘Wrecked’ nightclub for women, have documented their fond memories of their venue in the town: “It became a fun and safe haven for lesbians who travelled there from all corners of the county”.

Ceredigion Museum staff and volunteers will be continuing to document stories linked to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as stories linked to specific locations in the town, until April.

From May onwards, The ‘It Happened in Aber’ stories will be available to enjoy in podcast format on the museum’s website as well as forming a digital walking tour of the town, allowing people to listen and enjoy the stories whilst walking around the locations in Aberystwyth.

Councillor Catherine Hughes said: “It’s fantastic that Ceredigion Museum is providing us with an opportunity to enjoy the history and the important contribution of the LGBTQ+ community in Aberystwyth. This is such an important project to document our local heritage. We look forward to listening to all the stories.”

If you can’t wait until the summer, join this years’ virtual Aberration – Between the Lines event on Friday, February 26 from 7pm, when the ladies of ‘Wrecked’ will be sharing some of their stories!

For further information or to share your untold story, contact Sarah Morton, Ceredigion Museum’s sustainability officer, at Sarah.Morton@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Aberaeron takeaway closed for ignoring coronavirus restrictions

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A Premises Closure Notice has been issued to Paradise Pizza, Regent Street, Aberaeron due to repeated non-compliance with the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

The business was issued with a premises improvement notice on 15th January 2021. It was required to take reasonable measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including the need to ensure that staff use personal protective equipment and face coverings. However, officers have since witnessed staff failing to wear face coverings on multiple occasions in contravention of their advice.

Monitoring inspections have shown that the majority of Ceredigion‘s retail premises are complying with the restrictions placed on them during the pandemic. Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection team will continue to take action against businesses who fail to comply with the coronavirus restrictions. Whilst non-compliant businesses will usually receive advice and guidance, serious or persistent breaches will be dealt with by means of closure powers, fixed penalty notices or prosecution.

This takeaway must remain closed for 28 days, or until Public Protection officers are satisfied that the alleged non-compliance has been addressed.

Premises improvement and closure notices are required to be published by law.

The full closure notice can be found on Ceredigion County Council’s website, under Improvement and Closure Notices: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-improvement-closure-and-direction-notices/

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Directory of services launched by Ceredigion’s Carers Unit as part of Carers Rights Day

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WHETHER you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, it’s important that you understand your rights and you’re able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it. Wherever you are in your caring journey.

It is more important than ever that Carers look after their own health and wellbeing as well as the people they care for. This year for Carers Rights Day, Ceredigion Carers Unit and our partners wanted to ensure Carers have the information and the knowledge that they need at their fingertips, so they can feel confident asking for what they need.

Ceredigion Carers Unit and partners have brought together a Bumper Edition of the Winter Carers Magazine. It’s a ‘Carers Rights Day Directory of services’ bursting with useful information and advice on your rights, including, where to get help and support in West Wales.

There is also a free Carers programme of talks & short training sessions online (also with access by telephone). This programme runs right through until end of March 2021.

Being a carer can take its toll on your wellbeing. Following a recent Carers UK survey, 78% of Carers in Wales said that they have been unable to take any, or a sufficient, breaks from their caring role since the outbreak of COVID-19. As a result of this, surveyed Carers also reported that their health and wellbeing had been affected, with 66% reporting that their mental health had worsened due to the pandemic.

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Carers Champion for Ceredigion County Council, said: “The magazine and the programme of talks & short courses appeals to a huge variety of unpaid Carers. There is something in there for parent Carers, dementia Carers, young Carers, those caring for someone affected by mental health or substance misuse issues and everything in between. And relevant to those caring for people of all ages. If you know of anyone with caring responsibilities who would benefit from this magazine or the free advice sessions, please pass it on.”

Catherine Moyle, Carers Support and Development Officer, Ceredigion County Council, Carers Unit said: “A warm welcome is extended to all unpaid Carers in the county and those that you care for. These are challenging times. Reaching out for support when you need it is a form of self-care and it boosts your resilience. It takes a strong person to carry on caring – it takes a stronger, more resilient person to reach out to others.”

The programme of online sessions and the magazine are available on Ceredigion County Council’s website here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/social-care-wellbeing/support-for-carers/carers-rights-day-2020/ and on their Facebook pages @CeredigionCC under events.

If you would prefer to request a printed copy of the magazine or would like any further information, please get in touch with the Ceredigion Carers Unit on 01970 633564 or e-mail carersunit@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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